Our team has a wealth of practical and conceptual capability, with proven innovation, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and business resilience. Experience spans electrical and mechanical engineering, product development, supply chains, logistics, and administration.
CEO & Founder
Dave’s early days of commercial construction and oceanographic research diving led to building disruptive technology in electric undersea vehicles. He then moved on to land transport EVs, utilising similar components.
Dave and his wife Katrina acquired the Cashmere Engineering and Electrical Company (CEEC) in 2017, which has had over 75 years experience providing steel fabrication and electrical services.
Since the acquisition, they have been developing solar power, EV charging equipment, and modular construction techniques. Dave’s work with solar power and Hydrogen storage, along with his knowledge of pressure vessels, gas transfer equipment, and EV charging, has won recognition by Callaghan Innovation.
Administrator & Co-Founder
Katrina has been working alongside Dave for many years providing organisational and administrative support. This has been valuable for CEEC’s uniquely diverse enterprises in mechanical and electrical engineering, solar power, and EV charging systems.
Dennis Chapman – Technology and Product Development Oversight
Dennis started his career at Tait Communications, gaining an NZCE and BE to become senior design engineer. He then co-established Swichtec Power Systems, which sold in 1998 as NZ’s second largest electronics exporter. In 2005 he established Enatel, manufacturing standby power solutions for telco, wireless, and industrial markets.
Dennis has helped many start-ups, worked with No.8 Investments, and been involved with Heurisko, Fraemohs, Stratech, and Canterbury TV. His many accolades include “Master Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. He’s also supported Electec College and been a trustee for Science Alive.
Shayne Gooch – Engineering Consultant
Shayne has both a practical background, with an NZCE, and extensive experience in the academic world beyond his PhD. He has co-written several international publications in the field of mechanical engineering and design management.
His special research interests include design process management and education, and technology for people with impaired arm strength.
He also co-founded a geotechnical/civil/structural engineering and environmental consulting company.
Robert Holt – Callaghan Innovation R&D Expert
Robert holds an MSc in Physics, and started his career in the UK electricity supply sector working on specialised radio systems. He then moved on to develop high value pre-press equipment for coloured image printing.
After migrating to NZ in 1996, he initially worked for a telecommunications system developer. He then turned back to research, building multidisciplinary teams and project-managing R&D – especially with electronic system design, IoT communication, and renewable energy including Hydrogen as a future energy vector.
He has produced several international publications in materials physics.
Ben Evans – Logistics and Supply Chain Adviser
After the 1987 stock market crash, Ben saw an overseas trend to contract-out warehousing and materials handling for greater flexibility and efficiency in supply chains. He seized the opportunity to start a logistics company called ‘GDL’ which became Online Distribution Services.
He faced many challenges, and against the expectations of many, including the bank, Ben grew the business into a healthy nationwide operation, which undergirded the success of many businesses. Today, it operates 13 warehouses and serves more than 170 forward-thinking companies ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals.
Steve Kelliher - Accounting and Business Adviser
Steve qualified as a chartered accountant while employed at Ernst & Young from 1994 until 1997. He then spent 3 years based in London working in the Equity Markets for Deutsche Bank and J P Morgan.
Since returning to New Zealand, he has worked in the corporate world, first as a design engineer for a treasury software company, and then as a financial controller for an import, wholesale, and retail operation. He also has a strong grounding in the farming sector.